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- Public Domain
- Cinema Service Corp.
Exploitation filmmakers hoped to capitalize on the taboo subjects of venereal disease, sex before marriage, lesbianism, etc. while skirting the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 which forbade a film from containing such content. Films like this would tour the United States for years - mostly being shown in rundown, skid row theaters. This film has been re-edited and re-titled ("Human Wreckage", "They Must Be Told", "Trial Marriage", "About Trial Marriage") many times to attract the same audience to film, to take advantage of a taboo subject which may have gotten press recently or to appease local censors who disapproved of the film's content.
You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.
Also, if you are interested in the rich, uniquely American history of exploitation films, there are two excellent books on the subject:
"Forbidden Fruit - The Golden Age of the Exploitation Film", Felicia Feaster and Bret Wood, Midnight Marquee Press, 1999.
"Bold! Daring! Shocking! True! A History of Exploitation Films, 1919 - 1959" Eric Schaefer, Duke University Press, 1999
Screenplay: Joseph Seiden and Vincent Valentini
With Vivian McGill, Rose Tapley, Al Rigeli, Stanley Barton, Linda Lee Hill.
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- Closed captioning
- William Curran
Subject: Syphilis spread is increasing in the US.
Subject: possibility to use footage in documentary?
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Subject: Probably produced in 1932
That said, I will leave it to the rest of the 'reviewers' to judge the work.
Subject: 1934, not 1938
Subject: pokrt online
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Subject: Make one slip and you're f*cked
Puritanical crapola, the typical fear tactics at work. If this is exploitation, where's the dirty stuff? Where's the sexiness to counteract all the guilt?
Reefer Madness is depressing but a lot more fun.
Subject: Fodder for MST3K...
Subject: Please before you insult our prophet, know Him first.
And ask you to do any search on the Net about him then decide at the end.
You can surf this
Subject: A Struggle
Subject: Awesome bit of propaganda for the development of AMA
Anybody got the "quacks" number?
Subject: More Sex Please, We Like to Party
Subject: SAVE MY SOUL !
Subject: Producers were smut peddlers in reality
Subject: tchoh! very disappointed to see other social ills
2. Tony Lorenz and his friends need to watch a similar movie but with 'drinking' as the theme.
it's a noble attempt at essential puritan education other than these points.
Subject: Madness of today
warnings about having sex with pigs and 9 year old
girls. the leatherboys at the homo clubs love to
listen to the queeran while doing each other.
please, get your tongue out of your anus and quit
filling up a movie review site with pleas to join your silly delusions about a medieval pervert.
Subject: Are You Kidding Me!
Enjoyed the movie though.
Subject: Great title!
Subject: Very good for the time it was written and released
Subject: The Splue
Subject: if sex is madness
Subject: Sins of the flesh
Subject: Now I know
If all these things were actually true and if jerking off caused blindness then by now I would have devolved back to a being with no eyes whatsoever like an earthworm.
Well now that I'm an old codger and my sex life is almost non-existent i guess i can relax and tell kids to not be "friendly".. After all.. They don't want to end up like me.
Subject: didn't watch all of it
I remember watching "the magic bullet" it's the story of dr. Paul Ehrlich who helped find a cure for syphilis. Prior to the discovery of Penicillin, STD's were treated with medicine that contained mercury, it must have been pretty awful taking that stuff.
I don't think penicillin came into wide spread use until the 1940's.
Subject: War on Syphilis
"flagship" of the United States' "War on Syphilis". Much like the "War on Drugs" of today, it met with varied degrees of success and failure. It did provide much information about syphilis demographics, and allowed health officials a chance to inform an otherwise prudish population about a sexually transmitted disease.
When I watched this movie in light of the public health campaign it was more interesting, and that icky deformed foot certainly looked realistic! It was because of this campaign that blood tests became mandatory for wedding licenses, and pregnant women and babies were checked for STDs. So while, yes, it was poorly acted and poorly scripted, and off the charts lurid, the end had a lot of medical validity that, as they say, was torn from the headlines. I was ready to put it in the same category as Reefer Madness but then it morphed into something historical. So I'll give it a star because it inspired me to do some research and learn something. (Now I want to find out what sort of treatments they were offering in 1938 so back to my googling.)
Subject: The worst film on the site by far
Don't bother with it. No stars
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Subject: someone get brsean a life lol
I will admit in short-form that this short-flick is extremely boring
Subject: Great firm
Subject: Such a Popular Item ... What do the Saints Say?...
18-19). Principally on account of this sin did God destroy mankind, with the exception of eight persons, by the flood. It is a sin which God punishes, not only in the other life, but in this also. Because, says God, you have forgotten Me and turned your back upon Me, for a miserable pleasure of the flesh, I am resolved that even in this life you shall pay the price of your wickedness (Ezek 23: 35). You say, "God has compassion upon men subject to this sin." But it is this sin that sends most men to Hell. St. Remigius says that the greater number of the damned are in Hell through this vice. Father Segneri writes that as this vice fills the world with sinners, so it fills Hell with damned souls; and before him St. Bernardine of Siena wrote: "This sin draws the whole world, as it were, into sin." And before him St. Bernard and St. Isidore said that "the human race is brought under the power of the devil more by lust than by all the other vices." The reason is because this vice proceeds from the natural inclination of the flesh. Hence St Thomas Aquinas says that the devil does not take such complacency in securing the commission of any other sin as of this, because the person who is plunged in this infernal mire remains lodged therein, and almost wholly unable to free himself again. "No one is so obstinate in sin as the impure," says St. Thomas of Villanova. Moreover, this vice deprives one of all light, for the impure man becomes so blind as almost wholly to forget God, says St. Laurence Justinian; which is in accordance with what is said by the prophet Hosea: They will not set their thoughts to return to their God; for the spirit of fornication is in the midst of them, and they have not known God (Hos 5: 4). The impure man does not know God; he obeys neither God nor reason, as St. Jerome says; he obeys only the sensual appetite which causes him to act like a beast.
This sin, because it flatters, makes us fall at once into the habit of it, a habit which some carry with them even to death. You see husbands, and decrepit old men, indulge in the same thoughts and committing the same sins that they committed in their youth. And because sins of this kind are so easily committed, they become multiplied without number. Ask of the sinner how many impure thoughts he has consented to: he will tell you he cannot remember. But, brother, if you cannot tell the number, God can; and you know that a single willful immodest thought is enough to send you to Hell. How many immodest words have you spoken, in which you took delight yourself, and by which you scandalized your neighbor? From thoughts and words you proceed to acts, and to those innumerable impurities which those wretches roll and wallow in like swine, without ever being satisfied, for this vice is never satisfied.
But, Father, you will say, how can I hold out against the innumerable temptations which assail me? I am weak, I am flesh. And since you are weak, why not recommend yourself to God, and to most holy Mary, who is the mother of purity? Since you are flesh, why do you throw yourself in the way of sin? Why do you not
guard your eyes? Why do you gaze upon those objects from which temptations flow?...It is to be remarked, moreover, that this sin brings with it innumerable others: enmities, thefts, and, more especially, sacrilegious confessions and Communions, by reason of the shame which will not allow these impurities to be disclosed in confession. And let us remark here in passing, that it is sacrilege above all things, that brings upon us sickness and death; for, says the Apostle, He that eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord; and then he adds: therefore are many infirm and weak among you. And St. John Chrysostom, in explanation of that passage, says that St. Paul speaks of persons who were chastised with bodily infirmities because they received the Sacrament with a guilty conscience.
My brethren, should you ever have been sunk in this vice, I do not bid you be disheartened, but arise at once from this foul and infernal pit; beg of God immediately to give you light, and stretch out His hand to you. The first thing that you have to do is to break with the occasion of sin: without that, preaching and tears and resolutions and confessions, all are lost. Remove the occasions, and then constantly recommend yourself to God, and to Mary the mother of purity. No matter how grievously you may be tempted, do not be discouraged by the temptation; at once call to your aid Jesus and Mary, pronouncing their sacred names. These blessed names have the virtue of making the devil fly, and stifling that hellish flame within you. If the devil persists in tempting you, persevere in calling upon Jesus and Mary, and certainly you shall not fall. In order to rid yourself of your evil habits, undertake some special devotion to our Lady; begin to fast in her honor upon Saturdays; contrive to visit her image every day, and beg of her to obtain for you deliverance from that vice. Every morning immediately after rising, never omit saying three "Hail Marys" in honor of her purity and do the same when going to bed; and above all things, as I have said, when the temptation is most troublesome, call quickly upon Jesus and Mary. Beware, brother, if you do not be converted now, you may never be converted.
Subject: I'll tell you what's funny...
This is a cult classic, such as Reefer Madness, Cocaine Fiends and the like. I find all of these films 'funny' for the same reason that Sex Fiends is.
Did you ever see Mystery Science Theatre 3000? None of the films on that show were supposed to be funny, but by the hosts of the show adding smart aleck comments and pointing out the bad acting and effects, it made the films hilarious.
I guess you just need a certain kind of humor to appreciate the hilarity of this film.
Subject: Who said this was supposed to be funny?
This wasn't supposed to be funny. And I don't recall anyone saying this film is supposed to be the next Gone With The Wind...
Maybe Thomas needs to switch to decaf
Subject: who´s thomas
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